wood·​wind | \ ˈwu̇d-ˌwind How to pronounce woodwind (audio) \

Definition of woodwind

1 : any of a group of wind instruments (such as a clarinet, flute, oboe, or saxophone) that are characterized by a cylindrical or conical tube of wood or metal usually ending in a slightly flared bell, that produce tones by the vibration of one or two reeds in the mouthpiece or by the passing of air over a mouth hole, and that usually have finger holes or keys by which the player may produce all the tones within an instrument's range
2 woodwinds plural : the woodwind section of a band or orchestra

Examples of woodwind in a Sentence

He plays all the woodwind instruments very well.
Recent Examples on the Web Aaron Goldman’s flute solo, concertmaster Nurit Bar-Josef’s searing violin lines, the spectral accents of Adriana Horne’s harp, the skill and wit of the entire woodwind section. Washington Post, 29 Oct. 2021 Fortunately, my mother was a singer and my father was a woodwind player: saxophones, clarinets, flutes. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 26 Oct. 2021 His woodwind band also performed for a couple of programs. Stephanie Pyrzynski, chicagotribune.com, 20 Oct. 2021 The first live music event in the PVAC will showcase separate performances of the symphony’s brass and percussion, woodwind and string ensembles; the master chorale; and a multimedia performance of the Grossmont Symphony Chamber Orchestra. San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Oct. 2021 There are classes on piano, guitar, brass and woodwind instruments. Roxanne De La Rosa, The Arizona Republic, 24 Sep. 2021 In addition, the orchestra will establish two official string quartets, a brass quintet and a woodwind quintet. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, 21 Sep. 2021 Local students recently performed in a spring woodwind and percussion recital at UF. Sam Boyer, cleveland, 21 May 2021 The orchestral score contains lush string textures, skittering woodwind licks and piquant dissonances. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 29 July 2021

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First Known Use of woodwind

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of woodwind was in 1876

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“Woodwind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woodwind. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of woodwind

: any one of the group of musical instruments that includes flutes, clarinets, oboes, bassoons, and saxophones
: the section of a band or orchestra that plays woodwind instruments


wood·​wind | \ ˈwu̇d-ˌwind How to pronounce woodwind (audio) \

Kids Definition of woodwind

: one of the group of wind instruments consisting of the flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, and sometimes saxophones

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